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Amazing snake!

Kingdom Zoo field researcher Todd Jurasek sent in some great photos of a black rat snake climbing a rock wall in his home state of Oklahoma. These snakes have an amazing God-given design that allows them to climb virtually any kind of surface including straight…

Giant hogs-for real? (Pt. 2)

As noted in the highly detailed chapter on giant hogs in my book “Hog Wild” there were holes in the story of “Monster Pig” from the beginning. The scale used to weigh the animal goes in 10-pound increments so a weight of 1,051-pounds would…

Giant hogs-for real? (Pt. 1)

Hogzilla. That is the name bestowed upon a huge hog killed in 2004 by Chris Griffin on Ken Holyoak’s hunting preserve. As the story goes, the hog was 12 feet long and weighed 1,000 pounds. This sensational story circulated on the Internet and become…

Ivory & Extinction

African elephants have been at the forefront of international wildlife conservation efforts for the last 30 years. When ivory poaching was brought to the public’s consciousness in the mid 1980s, the world was rightly appalled and millions of dollars have went toward their cause….

The Search for “Little Foot”

Kingdom Zoo has partnered with Bear Creek Feline Center in Panama City, Fla. to take their “Search for Little Foot” to Texas. The “Little Foot” they are referring to is the jaguarundi, a smallish, mysterious cat known to dwell along the Texas-Mexico border but…

Jaguar Truths (Pt. 1)

A few years back a friend asked me what would be the first thing I would buy if I inherited a vast fortune or otherwise came into being filthy rich. “A jaguar,” I replied. The friend looked a bit confused and replied, “A jaguar?…

Dwarf Whitetails Update

Last summer Kingdom Zoo started soliciting information about tiny or “dwarf” whitetail deer. My father and uncle both reported seeing fully developed whitetail bucks that were about 1/3 the size of the average Texas Hill Country buck, putting the animals at about 30 pounds….

Manatee in Texas? Yes!

Last week we reported on a manatee spotted near Lake Calcasieu just a few miles east of the Texas-Louisiana border. Now we have a confirmed sightings in Texas’ Trinity Bay. From KRPC: “A manatee was spotted Sunday in the waters of Trinity Bay by…

War and Wildlife

The human tragedy of war is horrific. It must be the first concern in any conflict. The cost to wildlife however can often be tremendous as is noted by a recent story in Yahoo News regarding wholesale wildlife slaughter in warring Sudan. Nairobi (AFP)…

Gentle Giants-On the Move?

Manatees are on the move-at least along the Intracoastal Waterway corridor in Louisiana. A recent verified sighting near Lake Calcasieu near the Texas-Louisiana border shows that this winter all of these amazing creature are not near the warm springs in Florida. Some of them…